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Cabinet orders major reshuffle in Police, Civil administration
B B Vyas is new CS; BR Sharma appointed Advisor to CM
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 28: The state cabinet which met here today under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has ordered major reshuffle in the civil and police administration besides posting of Bharat Bhushan Vyas, 1986 batch IAS officer, as new Chief Secretary in place of BR Sharma. B R Sharma, IAS, (JK: 1984) has been posted as Advisor (Administrative Affairs) to the Chief Minister. Vyas is presently also posted as Financial Commissio...
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Cabinet slashes qualifying service for full pensionary benefits by 8 yrs
7 I/C CEs regularised; Amendments in JK Civic Laws, VAT ordinances approved
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, Apr 28: The state cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has accorded sanction to reduction in maximum qualifying service for full pension from existing 28 years to 20 years and withdrawal of benefit of additional qualifying service upto 5 years on voluntary retirement from government service. The cabinet also accorded sanction to the transfer of state land measuring 293 Kanals and 13 Mar...
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Friday following Mehraj Un Nabi (SAW) observed with religious gaiety
Devotees in thousands throng Hazratbal shrine
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Friday following Mehraj Un Nabi (SAW) was observed across Kashmir valley today with religious fervour and gaiety. On the auspicious eve devotees in thousands from across the valley thronged the shrines, mosques and other religious places of valley to offer the obeisance and participate in Friday congregational prayers. Across the Srinagar city, the mosques and shrines remained abuzz with religious gatherings where clerics...
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Rajnath to brief PM on implementation of development package for J&K
NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reached 7, Lok Kalyan Marg to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief the latter on implementation of development package for Jammu and Kashmir. Singh will also discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the Sukma Naxal attack with the Prime Minister. Singh yesterday reviewed the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir. The PMDP was anno...
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All should speak with one voice on Kashmir, Naxalism: Naidu
CHANDIGARH, Apr 28 (Agencies): Union minister Venkaiah Naidu today urged all parties to speak with one voice on the "long- pending" issues of Kashmir and Naxalism, leaving aside political considerations. He said the Kashmir issue and Naxalism is not the creation of the Narendra Modi government and the Congress, which was in power for a long time, should have resolved the issues long ago. Naidu said the Narendra Modi government was committed to...
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Keep SPO recruitment free from politicking: Centre
NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): The Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure that the ongoing process to recruit 10,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs) is free from political interference. This was conveyed at a high-level meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday, which took stock of the progress in implementation of the Rs 80,000-crore development package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the state....
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PDS foodgrains cannot be denied to all those eligible: HC
NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court today made it clear to the Centre that persons entitled under the public distribution system (PDS) scheme cannot be denied subsidised foodgrains. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said the "persons entitled under the scheme cannot be denied subsidised foodgrains" and it wanted to ensure that "not only the poor", but all those "eligible" should avail the benefi...
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Vaishno Devi board lodges FIR over fake letters
JAMMU, APRIL 28 (Agencies): The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has lodged an FIR against some people for allegedly sending fake letters of a union minister recommending preferential treatment in the issuing of helicopter tickets and 'darshan' at the shrine. "The CEO lodged a police complaint. An FIR has been registered at the Police Station, Katra," the official added. The protocol wing of the board had received letters on the le...
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OTHER STORIES
Restrictions in Kupwara, clashes near Jamia Masjid, Sopore
Separatists call for shutdown on Sunday
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Restrictions were today imposed in some parts of Kupwara district to prevent protests against the killing of a civilian in security forces firing at Panzgam village. Protestors clash with police and security forces after Friday prayers at several places including Nowhatta here, Sopore and Pulwama. During the clashes, police and security forces burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. The protestors pelted stones. Th...
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Centre to SC
Ready to talk to ‘recognised parties’ but not separatists
NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): The central government today told the Supreme Court it was ready to talk to recognised political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the crisis there but not with the separatists. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made it clear that the government would come to the negotiating table only if the recognised parties participate in the dialogue and not the separatists. He made the submissions before a bench, compr...
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India, Pak must discuss Kashmir: Erdogan
ANKARA, Apr 28 (Agencies): In what appears to be a departure from Turkey's traditional stand on Kashmir, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Pakistan and India must discuss their festering dispute. In an interview ahead of his visit to India, Erdogan also said that the obvious similarity between separatist Kurds and Kashmiris was one between "apples and oranges". "If we compare apples to oranges, we will make a mistake, a big mistake," the Pre...
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Army pays tribute to 3 personnel killed in Kupwara
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Army today paid floral tributes to three of its personnel, including an officer, who laid down their lives while repulsing a militant attack on their camp in Kupwara district of Kashmir. Wreaths were laid on the coffins of the three soldiers — Captain Ayush Yadav, Subedar B S Gujjar and Naik B V Ramana — at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the 15 Corps here, a defence spokesman said. He said Corps Commander Lt Gen J S S...
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After 7 Fridays, Mirwaiz delivers sermon at Jamia Masjid
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Apr 28: After a break of seven Fridays, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) today delivered the sermon at Jamia Masjid here. In the recent past, he could not do so since he was under house arrest. He was released from house arrest some days back and today he delivered the sermon. Later addressing the people, he termed the ongoing movement as spontaneous and embedded in the collective consciousness of the people o...
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Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar takes charge as new CRPF chief
NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): Senior IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar on Friday took charge as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force, four days after the force lost 25 troopers in a deadly Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district. The government appointed the 1983 batch Indian Police Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre for the post nearly two months after the retirement of previous chief K. Durga Prasad on Februar...
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Adopt a holistic approach in Kashmir: G H Mir
AMMU, Apr 28: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) President Ghulam Hassan Mir has asked the state and the central governments to rethink on their aggressive approach toward Kashmir and asked them to involve an inclusive approach in which all the political and civil society groups are made part of the holistic approach to deal with the grim situation in the Valley. In a statement issued, Ghulam Hassan Mir said, “there is a need ...
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> Ganga assesses crop losses due to fire, assures early compensation to farmers
 
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Civil Society aghast as why PM doesn’t react positively to Kashmir situation: Soz
SRINAGAR, Apr 28: Senior Congress leader and former union minister, Prof Saif-ud-din Soz Friday said that the civil society in India is aghast as why Prime Minister, Narendra Modi doesn’t react positively to the situation in Kashmir and attempt to convert the Challenge into his ‘opportunity’. In a statement issued, Soz said, “I invested some time in Delhi recently and tried to understand how India's Civil Society reacts to the on-going Crisis i...
> BJP snubs Mehbooba again, why she is not resigning now: asks NC
> Ex Development Commissioner PWD, dies in USA
> SHRC seeks medical examination of youth used as human shield
> Declare unilateral seize fire with militants if you want talks: Rasheed
> Kargil, Leh to get LPG bottling plants, oil depot: Zulfkar Ali
 
 
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Controlling cyber skies
The ban in Kashmir Valley on social networking sites, after the crackdown on the latest 3G and 4G internet connectivity, is both repressive and ridiculous. Neither is it in tandem with chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's claim of reaching out to youth, nor is it likely to make any difference to the volatile Kashmir situation, that stems from a conflict that predates the age of computers and cyber-skies. Besides, such gags that are violative of the f...
> Bloodshed in Sukma
> Off with VIP beacons
> More noise, less reason
> Two ends of a spectrum
> Cow vigilantism threat
 
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The Bug of Espionage
By Kuldip Nayar
One bug which has bitten both India and Pakistan and now Bangladesh is the espionage issue. Anyone who visits from the neighbouring country is considered a spy until proved otherwise. It really depends on the External and Home Ministries whether a particular person would be let off freely. In other words, the police force is an arbiter. And it goes without saying that the sentence awarded to the person would be life-time imprisonment or death. ...
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> Modi and the unmaking of India - By Aijaz Zaka Syed
> Guidelines for fliers..! - By Robert Clements
> Kashmir needs a healing touch today - By Vidya Bhushan Rawat
> So much for the populist wave - By Gwynne Dyer
 
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Non-Performing Univs
By Dhurjati Mukherjee
The recent decision of the Union Government to assess 11 non-performing Central Universities, including Aligarh Muslim University, Allahabad University, Pondicherry University and Central University of Jammu is undoubtedly welcome. It is understood from the Human Rersource Development Ministry that these institutions would undergo an academic and research audit to assess the reasons for their non-performance. Such an initiative should extend t...
> As Faiz would exhort his friends - By Jawed Naqvi
> Jharkhand tribals agitate against land-grabbing - By Arun Srivastava
> Skill India mission is failing to achieve its objective - By Dr Gyan Pathak
> Farms turning arid - By Moin Qazi
> (Not quite universal) basic income - By Gwynne Dyer
 
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Suicide cases of farmers unreported
Dear Editor, This refers to your article “No early relief likely for farmers in India” (KT- April 18). India is basically an agricultural-dependent nation with nearly half of its population residing in villages. Agriculture is the backbone of Indian economy that contributes to the overall economic growth of the country and determines the standard of life for more than 50% of the Indian population. Agriculture employs more than half of the India...
> GST should be rational
> Aadhaar online changes additions only for those who have got it
> Feasibility of merger of three civic bodies in Delhi
> Deadline to settle court cases
> Delhi should be respelt as Dehli
 
 
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Pak national detained after he disclosed himself as spy
NEW DELHI, Apr 28 (Agencies): An alleged Pakistani national was reportedly detained by Indian intelligence agencies after he disclosed his identity as an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operative at a New Delhi airport. Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq said he wanted to disclose information Pakistan’s premier intelligence after he landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi from Dubai, reported a TV channel. “Hello, I am a...
> Will ask govt not to use pellets if no violence: SC
> Maoists claim responsibility in audio message, warn security forces not to crush 'revolution'
> Girl in Bihar refuses to marry dark complexioned groom; 'baraat' shocked
> Jet Airways passenger's tweet to PM triggers hijack scare
> Sisodia lauds Yogi, says Delhi govt appreciates good steps taken by other states
 
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In Egypt, Pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence
Vatican City, Apr 28(Agencies): Pope Francis is brushing off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name. Three weeks after Islamic militants staged twin Palm Sunday church attacks, Francis lands in Cairo on Friday for a series of deeply symbolic encounters with Egypt's religious and political leadership. He will meet with Eg...
> 20 dead as boat capsizes in Senegal
> India objects to Pak raising Kashmir issue at UN forum
> India files appeal with Pakistan seeking release of Kulbhushan Jadav
> Pervez Musharraf reveals what he thinks of Modi and Yogi
> 38 Indians detained in UK for visa breach in factory raids
 
 
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Dy SP Gulbadhan Volleyball tourney organised
JAMMU, Apr 28: Shaheed DySP Gulbadhan Singh Bhau Volleyball tournament was held by Range Police Headquarters, Jammu under Civic Action Programme at Govt Higher Secondary School (Boys) Akhnoor. Ashkoor Ahmed Wani, Dy Inspector General of Police, JSK Range Jammu was the chief guest on the occasion. The final volleyball match was played between Pallanwala Lower & Pallanwala Upper Both the teams have shown their best performance while playing the f...
> Police distributes sports items in Mattan schools
> Inter-school tournament commences in Udhampur
> CM approves state’s first-ever cricket academy
> J&K women blank Gujarat in Hockey
> Jodhamal girls face JKPS in Basketball final
 
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Robert Vadra made Rs 50 crore illegal profit from land deal: Report
New Delhi, Apr 28(Agencies): Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s son-in-law Robert Vadra made an "illegal profit" of over Rs 50 crore from a 2008 land deal without investing a penny, according to a panel that probed suspect Haryana land deals. The Economic Times citing unnamed people familiar with the SN Dhingra commission report said the committee had probed transactions between Onkareshwar Properties and Vadra-owned Skylight Hospitality and sub...
> Government has no plan to impose any tax on agriculture income: FM Jaitley
> Jaitley flags H-1B visa concerns with US treasury secy
> Indo-Israel ties more visible under Modi govt : Israel
> NITI Aayog meet: PM calls for debate and discussion on simultaneous elections
> Ford extends its sales, service reach in J&K
 
 
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